The Nightly Serums That Promise Visible Results
The Nightly Serums That Promise Visible Results

The Nightly Serums That Promise Visible Results

Few things improve dull, inflamed or tired-looking skin like a hardworking serum. With the ability to replenish, restore, brighten and repair, here are seven that will do all the work while you sleep…
By Sapna Rao

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Tranexamic Acid Serum, £14.99 | The INKEY List

Best For: Brightening

The Inkey List makes straightforward, simple formulas at a seriously affordable price. Using 2% tranexamic acid, this night serum works as you sleep to fade dark spots and pigmentation caused by acne to reveal a brighter, more even complexion come morning. For anyone who hates a thick night cream, rest assured this lightweight gel is a treat to use.

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Toleriane Ultra Overnight , £17.99 | La Roche-Posay

Best For: Sensitive Skin

Finding the right night serum for sensitive skin can be tricky. Many are full of highly active ingredients, which reactive skin types often don’t agree with. If this rings true for you, we recommend La Roche Posay’s Toleriane line. Not only does it target redness and irritation, it also soothes skin while you sleep. It does so with a gentle infusion of probiotic-derived ingredients, including vitamin B5 and thermal spring water, all of which help boost barrier health.

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A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum, £70 | Sunday Riley

Best For: Retinol

Said to be one of the most potent non-prescription vitamin A products on the market, this is ideal for experienced retinol users who want to see serious results. Using a retinoid ester and blue algae blend, this serum fights the signs of ageing and the look of overly congested skin. Not to mention, its nature-based ingredients – including Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract and ginger – work together to balance and soothe the skin. They’re also designed to minimise any redness, flaking and irritation often associated with using retinol.

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Night Serum, From £95 | Dr. Barbara Sturm

Best For: Repair

This A-list favourite is ideal for damaged skin. It strengthens the skin’s barrier, while repairing damage from within – a lot of which can be caused by exposure to pollution or UV rays. Its cocktail of active ingredients – including cotton thistle extract, senna alata and poria cocos – combats dryness, reduces sensitivity and floods the skin with a healthy dose of antioxidant goodness to plump and nourish while you sleep. Results reveal a smoother, glowier complexion come morning.

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T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, From £76 | Drunk Elephant

Best For: Refining

This AHA night serum refines and resurfaces skin for a smoother complexion come morning. It melts into the skin on application, then gently buffs and dissolves away dead skin cells overnight. The powerful formula includes glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids, all of which work together to penetrate deep into the pores to remove impurities and reveal a more refined complexion.

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Advanced Night Repair Serum Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, £64 | Estée Lauder

Best For: Radiance

If your skin often looks a bit dehydrated, lacklustre or dull, slotting this moisture-boosting serum into your routine will work wonders. It uses a ‘multi-recovery complex’ to offer up to 72 hours of hydration while visibly softening, smoothing and plumping the skin. This flood of hydration also supports your skin’s barrier during the overnight repair process, meaning uneven texture and tone look far better in the AM.

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R-Retinoate Day & Night Serum, £140 | Medik8

Best For: Ageing Skin

Working to promote clearer, brighter, more youthful skin, this day and night serum calls on ‘retinyl retinoate’ – a form of Vitamin A said to be eight times more powerful than your average retinol – as well as hyaluronic acid to stimulate both the production of collagen and support cell renewal. The result? Younger, healthier-looking skin.

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